​Law Week all​ locked up at Broken Hill

Publication date: Friday, 27 May 2016

Staff from the Broken Hill Correctional Centre were a hit at this year's National Law Week. Broken Hill Local Court was open to the public: in particular to school students keen to learn more about law and order and the key players in the justice system.

Senior Correctional Officers (SCO) Mathew Singleton and Paul Bedford set up a Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) display of emergency equipment including handcuffs, helmets, shields, batons and tear gas cylinders.

The CSNSW stand had an impressive backdrop of a court escort and security van used to transport offenders. Many took the rare opportunity to inspect the vehicle and get an insight into what it's like for prisoners to travel in one.

SCO Singleton, a member of the centre's Immediate Action Team, explained how the highly trained squad responds to disturbances and maintains the safety and security of prisons in NSW.

The pair informed the gathering of their work and how CSNSW helps keep the community safe.

"Our greatest weapon in combating conflict is to communicate effectively," SCO Singleton said. "We're trained to listen, and try and resolve any incident as peacefully as possible."

The CSNSW display was so popular that the organisers have invited CSNSW back for next year's Law Week.​

You can find out more about National Law Week at www.lawweek.com.au.

Photo gallery

Above: A Senior Correctional Officer demonstrates handcuffs to a student at the National Law Week open day at Broken Hill Courthouse.​

Above: A Senior Correctional Officer describes the court escort and security van used to transport offenders.​​​

Above: A Senior Correctional Officer shows an array of emergency equipment including handcuffs, helmets, shields, batons and tear gas cylinders​.​


Above: A Senior Correctional Officer demonstrates handcuffs to a student at the National Law Week open day at Broken Hill Courthouse.​